Dear Great Book Guru, With the Fourth of July long weekend coming up, I can barely contain my excitement. Starting July 1 Saturday, there is going to be bike and trike decorating party on the front lawn of the Children’s Library. Then on Monday, the eve of the Fourth, we will be attending the annual Happy Birthday USA- again at the Children’s Library. Joe Hughes will lead the songs and everyone will share in a lavish birthday cake. Of course, the major event will be the Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Village Green on the Fourth followed by a parade down Sea Cliff Avenue to Lincoln Plaza. And, yes- all these are sponsored by the Sea Cliff Civic Association with everyone in the Village invited to attend. Do you have something for me to read between these gala celebrations ? Fervent Fan of the Fourth
Dear Fervent Fan of the Fourth, It is certainly admirable that you plan on doing some reading in the midst of all these celebrations. I think Dennis Lehane’s newest novel might be just the book for you: SINCE WE FELL. The protagonist Rachel Child, a Pulitzer prize winning TV journalist, is victim to paralyzing anxiety attacks. The daughter of a once successful writer of self-help manuals , Rachel struggles to learn her father’s identity- something her mother has refused to reveal. When she has a breakdown on air while covering a disaster in Haiti, her husband abruptly leaves, a former private investigator befriends her, and one mystery after another unfolds until we wonder if Rachel’s revelations can be trusted… A psychological thriller for sure and recommended!